Nicola Bryant

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Big Finish Folly, Part 122 – The Rani Elite, by Justin Richards

The Rani EliteThe TARDIS arrives in the CAGE – not a trap, but the College of Advanced Galactic Education, one of the most prestigious academic institutions in colonised space. Not a trap. Or is it?

The Doctor’s here to receive an honorary degree in Moral Philosophy. But there’s something rotten at the heart of the Medical Facility. Someone is operating on the students. Someone without a conscience. Someone with access to a Sidelian Brain Scanner – a technology that hasn’t been invented yet.

That someone is the ruthless Time Lord scientist known as the Rani – in her new incarnation. But will the Doctor and Peri recognise the Rani’s hand before her trap is sprung? (more…)

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Premature Extermination

Yeah, sorry about that. My title puns have sunk to a new low. However, it does make some sort of sense if you read on…

Big Finish Folly, Part 121 – Masters of Earth, by Mark Wright & Cavan Scott

Masters of EarthThe Highlands of Scotland: bracing air, windswept scenery, terrifying homebrewed whiskey – and the Auld Enemy. With the Tardis sunk in a peat bog, the Doctor and Peri are appalled to discover a crowd lining up to stone a petty thief. The Doctor is even more appalled to realise that he has arrived on Earth in the middle of the Dalek Invasion – an event which he was instrumental in defeating way back in his first incarnation. With his own timeline in danger, he must leave immediately. But the Daleks have other plans, and now the Doctor and Peri must flee the tinpot terrors, avoid robotisation, and get the hell off this planet. Luckily, they have Scotland’s leader of the resistance Moira Brody on their side – but resistance, as the Daleks keep telling everyone, is useless… (more…)

Schrodinger’s Peri

Hard on the heels of his adventures with Flip (as played by Lisa Greenwood)¹, The Doctor sets off to scratch an itch that has been bugging him, more or less, ever since the TV story Mindwarp. Just what did happen to Peri? Did she really marry Brian Blessed? Did they live happily ever after? Do their children also shout like a mountain with toothache? Is Gordon alive?

Ahem. It’s time to find out. Come with us, on the most ambitious and spectacular adventure ever committed to my ipod.

Big Finish Folly, Part 120 – The Widow’s Assassin, by Nev Fountain

The Widow's AssassinIt’s no secret that Nev Fountain writes brilliant adventures for the Sixth Doctor and Peri. Hell, he even wrote The Kingmaker, which put Shakespeare and Richard III firmly in their places. If you’ve heard Peri and the Piscon Paradox, then you might already know what to expect. But, obviously, you’d be wrong. (more…)

Bubbleicious!

Big Finish Folly, Part 70a – Breaking Bubbles and Other Stories, by LM Myles, Mark Ravenhill, Una McCormack, and Nev Fountain

Breaking Bubbles and Other StoriesIt’s that time again – the now traditional annual anthology release. Four standalone episodes loosely linked by a common theme. An opportunity to let new writers loose in the main range paddock; a chance to experiment and try new things. This time, it’s the turn of ol’ Sixey and Peri to get the anthology treatment – and so simply for ease, I’m sticking this one hard on the heels of Recorded Time and Other Stories. Let’s go see if it’s any good, eh? (more…)

There Is No Dark Side of the Moon…

Big Finish Folly, Part 55a – 1963: The Space Race, by Jonathan Morris

Vostok 7 was an eight day manned flight that was originally planned for the last quarter of 1963. Opposition by the Soviet Ministry of Defence led to it being cancelled, only to be resurrected and scheduled for June 1964. Finally all further Vostok flights were cancelled in favor of the multi-manned Voskhod in February 1964. But there’s more to the story than that – as the Doctor and Peri discover when they arrive in Kazakhstan in November ’63, just in time to witness Vostok 7′s return to the Earth. Get ready for espionage, murder, black holes, and an American base on the dark side of the moon… and a shocking discovery that the Doctor is not going to Laika… (more…)

The Light at the End

This is not a weekend for continuity. This is a weekend for celebrating 50 years of what is almost certainly the best TV show (and not forgetting also: books, feature films, audio productions, comic strips, stage plays – the list goes ever on) ever created. And for those who would rather point out the long hiatus between 1989 and 2005, I say again – books, feature films, audio productions, comic strips, stage plays – Doctor Who may have been off-screen for 16 years, but never once has it been dead.

Because Big Finish Folly is dedicated to the continuing audio adventures of Doctors 5-8, it makes a fair degree of sense for me to focus on Big Finish’s epic multi-Doctor celebration story – The Light At The End. Eight Doctors. The Master. More companions than you can shake a stick at. And a story full of twists, turns and perils. Read on below, but be warned – here be spoilers… (more…)

Something Fishy?

Big Finish Folly, Part 77 – Peri and the Piscon Paradox, by Nev Fountain

507-periandthepisconparadox_cover_largeThe Fifth Doctor and Peri have come to Earth to defeat the bizarre machinations of the evil Piscon Zarl, who intends to take the planet’s entire water supply. But it appears that Zarl actually wants the Doctor to defeat him. He’s desperate, in fact. Now that’s odd enough, but watching  from the sidelines is another Peri – older, wiser, and jaded, and apparently working for an anti-alien paramilitary organisation. So what’s going on? Why is Peri here, in the 21st Century, when she ought to be happily married on a far-off world? Why is Zarl such a wuss? And why does he look exactly like a man in a fish costume? (more…)

Slight Return…

Big Finish Folly, Part 76 – Her Final Flight, by Julian Shortman

With the Tardis behaving erratically, the Doctor arrives on a desolate backwater world to find Peri living with the locals. The priest sees the malfunctioning Tardis as a gateway to the gods, but Chronon radiation threatens to kill off everything in the area. Somehow the Doctor has to save Peri and get the leaky Tardis away from the planet – but he keeps blacking out himself, and cannot understand what is hapening to him. And suddenly he is presented with a stark choice: Peri, or the Tardis. He cannot save both… (more…)

Time For Recorded Time

Big Finish Folly, Part 70 – Recorded Time and Other Stories, by Catherine Harvey, Richard Dinnick, Matt Fitton, and Philip Lawrence.

Some of the most successful Big Finish releases thus far in our epic trawl have been the portmanteau/single-episode collections such as 1001 Nights. Now it’s time for Colin Baker’s Sixth Doctor to get in on the act – and fittingly, to provide a final (at time of writing) chronological Main Range outing for Peri Brown. Here are four one-act tales ranging from time-travel paradox to Austen-esque romance, all with colourful twists in the tale… (more…)

Don’t Fear The Reaping?

Big Finish Folly, Part 69 – The Reaping, by Joseph Lidster

Baltimore, 1984. Time for Peri to see how life has moved on without her. Unfortunately, her mother is none too pleased to see her: Peri’s disappearance hastened the breakdown of her parents’ marriage, and Peri herself has turned up just in time to interrupt the funeral of a murdered family friend… (more…)